Wingstop garlic parmesan wings is one of the most iconic wings of all time. And thanks to this easy recipe, you can enjoy crispy, cheesy, buttery, and garlicky wings any time.
I love making garlic parmesan chicken because it never fails to put a smile on my family’s faces. It’s so easy too!
Plus, the aroma of garlic, butter, and cheese enveloping my kitchen is the cherry on top.
So if you want to impress the entire family, make this Wingstop copycat recipe for game day. It’s so good, I think it’s even better than the original!
What You’ll Need to Make Garlic Parmesan Wings
I’m not a huge fan of super spicy food, so when it comes to wings, my go-to flavor is garlic parmesan.
It has that perfect balance of richness and spiciness, which makes it so addictive. And that crispy skin and juicy meat? To die for!
To make your very own garlic parmesan wings, you’ll need 10 to 12 pieces of chicken wings.
You’ll need the following ingredients to give your chicken that savory and spicy flavor:
- Cayenne pepper
- Black pepper
- Garlic powder
To give your wings that iconic crunch, coat it in a mixture of:
- All-purpose flour
- Black pepper
- Garlic powder
- Creole seasoning
And of course, for that rich and creamy garlic parmesan sauce, you will need:
- Unsalted butter
- Garlic powder
- Minced garlic
- Parmesan cheese
Tips and Tricks for Crispy Chicken Wings
Do not pre-wash your wings. Yes, I know the late Julia Child recommended it. But it’s actually a food safety nightmare, allowing bacteria to spread around your kitchen.
Instead, just pat them dry after taking them out of the package and you’re all set.
If you want insanely crispy chicken wings, use baking powder instead of flour to coat the chicken. The combination of baking powder and salt will dry out the skin, giving it that wonderful crisp and crunch.
While you can use parmesan from a can for this recipe, fresh is still best. Freshly grated parmesan cheese has a stronger and richer flavor, making your wings taste even better.
Both fresh and frozen wings work great for this recipe. Just keep in mind to fry frozen wings a few minutes longer than fresh ones.
Line your baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil for easier clean up.
How to Make the Best Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings
Step 1: Prepare the Wings
Slice the wings into three: the wingtip, the wing, and the drumette.
The wingtip is the end part of the wings. While we won’t use these, don’t discard them! They’re great for making stock.
To take the wing and the drumette apart, slice it off at the joint.
Pat the wings and drumettes dry, and they’re ready for step 2.
Step 2: Season the Wings
You can season your wings with just salt and pepper, but I like to coat it with cayenne powder, paprika, and garlic powder too for more flavor.
Step 3: Coat the Wings
Coat the wings lightly with a flour mixture seasoned with black pepper, garlic powder, creole seasoning, and salt.
Step 4: Fry the Wings
Now it’s time for cooking!
Heat 1.5 inches worth of oil in a large pot over medium heat until it reaches 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Canola oil is best for frying chicken, because it has a high smoke point. Other neutral oils such as vegetable and peanut oil work great as well.
Step 5: Bake the Wings
Bake your wings at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 more minutes. This will give the wings that extra crunch.
Step 6: Make the Garlic Parmesan Sauce
The key to the most ridiculously tasty wings is, of course, the garlic parmesan wing sauce.
To make, melt unsalted butter in a saucepan. Stir in finely chopped garlic and garlic powder. At this point, your kitchen will start to smell amazing!
Let the mixture simmer for 5 to 7 minutes to give the sauce more flavor. Then, add the cheese and give it a quick stir.
Voila! Your amazing sauce is done.
Step 7: Assemble the Wings
Place the wings in a bowl and pour that beautiful sauce all over them. Toss the bowl to coat the wings evenly. Garnish the wings with freshly chopped parsley.
And that’s it! Your wings are ready to be devoured. Enjoy!
What to Serve with Chicken Wings
While I do not have a problem eating these glorious wings on their own, why not serve them with a few complementary sides?
Here are some delicious options:
First up: fries. Could there be a more classic combo than chicken and fries? Just like wings, fries are crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. And, they both can benefit from whatever dipping sauce you’re using.
Next, onion Rings. Here’s another well-loved finger-food! I love how the sweetness of the onions balance the richness of its batter. And when eaten along with garlic parmesan wings, it’s truly exceptional.
Third: coleslaw. Balance out the richness of your wings with a crisp and refreshing coleslaw. The cabbage and carrots will add a sweet contrast to the savory wings.
Plus, having veggies on the side will make you feel less guilty about gobbling up those wonderful wings.
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